Latvia Gives Ukraine All Its Helicopters and “Stringers”

by Meifan Honcharuk
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Latvia Gives Ukraine All Its Helicopters and “Stringers”

Latvia's contribution to support Ukraine exceeds 1.3% of the country's GDP

On June 21, during the Ukraine recovery, Latvian prime minister Krisjanis Karins announced that his state had decided to give Ukraine all its helicopters. This will strengthen Ukraine's counter offensive and enhance the security of the states that Russia also encroaches on. The helicopters will be delivered to Ukraine as soon as they pass the technical inspection.
Karins said that since the beginning of Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine, Latvia's military assistance to our country amounted to 1% of their GDP and total assistance more than 1.3%.

"They fight for many things, but you can boil it down to three values: freedom, democracy and the rule of law. We all talk about these things all the time. We are all freedom fighters. But, friends, Ukrainians are freedom fighters, and we know we are those who support freedom," Krisjanis Karins.

Until February 24, 2021, Latvia understood that Russia was not an honest adversary and would attack Ukraine, contrary to its words "this is only a military exercise." The day before the full-scale attack, Latvia sent a batch of Stringers to Ukraine, which helped the Ukrainian Armed Forces defend Kyiv. During the last Ramstein meeting, Latvian defence minister Inara Murniece announced that the state would send all the remaining Stringers to Ukraine.

"All the Stingers that we send to the front in Ukraine serve not only for the freedom of Ukraine but also for the security of Latvia," Inara Murniece.

It is also known that the state government supports Ukraine's membership in the European Union and NATO and will increase the number of Ukrainian military personnel who will be trained in Latvia to 3.000.

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